Networking is key to helping you with a job search and any future career development. Meeting other people in your field is a great way to get ahead and stay ahead. Finding a mentor to help you navigate the various challenges of your chosen field can be an excellent asset. Social media is an excellent tool to help you find networking events in your area giving you the chance to expand your network and possibly event meet a mentor. Below are some tips on how to find networking events in your area.
Try a search for “Networking“, “Business Networking” or “Professional Networking” and you’ll receive a list of local events, groups and pages dedicated to networking in your area. Also a great way to find some pages to like and receive networking tips and information. Such as the NetWorkIt Facebook page. Being the largest of social networks this is a great place to start your social media search for networking events. Even small locals will usually have a few events listed on Facebook.
This is a great chance to use Twitter advanced search. In the field exact phrase, use networking and make sure that location services is turned on and set to your area. Here’s an example of the search in Halifax. Go ahead hit search and you’ll get a list of local(within 15 miles by default) tweets that contain the word networking. If you browse through these tweets you’ll start to see networking events being promoted by local businesses, groups and individuals. Digging a bit deeper, click on a tweet promoting an event and see who is retweeting and liking these tweets. This will give you a chance to follow and do some research on influential individuals in your community and often times field.
A great resource for finding local networking events. Eventbrite has it’s own category for networking. Type “networking” into the search field, make sure your location is set and correct. Click search and you’ll get list of free and paid networking events that are happening near you. You can also filter by date range if you’d like. Here’s an example of what you’ll see in Halifax
Meetup.com will provide you with groups of people interested in a particular topic. Try typing “networking” into the search bar, make sure your location is set correctly and click search. You’ll see a list of local networking groups. Often these will be specific types of networking groups ie. Information Technology, Health Care, Legal, etc. So this is a great chance to connect with people in your specific field of interest. Again we’ll provide an example of our local, Halifax.
LinkedIn is of course, all about networking. The primary use of LinkedIn is to grow a professional network. You can also find local networking groups by searching for “networking <your location>”, when the results come up, click on Groups on the left hand side. You’ll get a list of local networking groups. Join up for a few and start making connections. Here’s an example of Halifax LinkedIn Networking groups.